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Determinism in philosophy and how people do not really have free will.
Life, meaning & philosophy
Mark McEvoy
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Date Created: 03/08/16
Philosophy Notes                                                                                                              3/8/16 Deterministic System 1) Everything that happens, happens as a result of its CAUSE(S). 2) Once the cause of x happens,  ….. the effect (x) must happen. *Determinism – all human actions are predetermined by their prior causes; there is no  genuine free will. Questions 1. “Man is a being purely physical” – explain the idea in this paragraph.  2. “Man’s life is a line that nature commands” 3. “Will is a modification of the brain” 4. “Choice by no means proves free agency” Responses 1. Since man is a physical being in the world, all of his decisions and morals are “purely  physical.” 2. Man lives in nature, therefore his decisions are heavily influenced by what goes on  around him, whether he notices it or not. He is also born into nature without consent  and often have to do things through nature without consent. There are no real choices, only what is presented to man. 3. Will is a modification of the brain is the fact that we have choices but not the right to  make free choices. 4. The brain takes in what it has seen and experienced and forms opinions on things  from those experiences. Therefore, man no longer is making a willing choice, he is  making a choice based on what he has been affected by and will choose the way he  already knows that was influenced on him from an outside source. *We are not aware that we do not have actual free will since we cannot see the pre  determining causes around us, only possibly in our subconscious. 


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